When it comes to puppy nipping and biting, having some helpful tools in your toolkit will help save your hands (and clothes) from becoming your puppy's teething target. Preventive Vet's certified dog trainer and behavior consultant, Cathy Madson, shares her top picks for toys, treats, and chews to help with your nipping puppy.
Safety Note: As with all chews and toys, supervise your puppy to ensure their safety. Throw away chews before they are small enough to swallow. Toys should be sized appropriately for your puppy so they cannot be choked on or swallowed, and throw away toys when they become damaged.
Give your puppy something enticing to put their teeth on that isn't your hands! Bully sticks are a great option but should always be supervised when your puppy is chewing.
To help prevent choking on or swallowing the bully stick, use a bully stick holder. Or use a rawhide alternative, such as the one featured below.
Puppies that are teething often find relief by chewing on chilled toys. Make sure you're providing much-needed enrichment activities that help satisfy your pup's natural instinct to chew. For puppies with lots of energy that like to nip during play, channel that into using a flirt pole and keep your hands safe in the process!
Spread a bit of your dog's wet food, peanut butter, pureed pumpkin, or low-fat greek yogurt on this mat to provide a soothing enrichment activity.
This snuffle mat provides a variety of hiding spots for dry food or treats, encouraging your dog to use their nose to find their meal and helping to slow down eating.
Perfect for the "Karl Hack" where your puppy gets to practice normal nipping and biting behaviors with an appropriate target.
To keep your fingers in one piece, use a squeeze-tube for giving treat rewards to your puppy. Simply fill the tube with peanut butter (mixed with water for easier delivery) or use your puppy's wet food. This trick also encourages licking for treats rather than snapping for them.
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